Willy and Ulysses hanging out!

On the downtown streets of Chicago!

I was downtown when I ran into a couple of gentleman hanging out on a cold winter’s afternoon. Each was hoping to receive some assistance from any of those who were passing by. Willy told me that he usually stays on the EL trains at night. And then he’s out on the street corners during the day-time hours. But when it he gets too cold he retreats to Chicago’s Pedway, which is an underground walkway filled with stores and warmth.

Willy also shared with me that he gets to know a lot of the same folks that pass him throughout their busy days. And some will give more than a bit of change. Some will bring him some food and drink, and some will even buy him some new clothes and shoes…. when they get his sizes.

Willy says he believes in the Lord Jesus, and he thanks Him each morning when he wakes up!

Whereas, Ulysses, proudly proclaims that he’s vet. He says he stays in different “spots” each night. Then I ask him, “If you were given a room right now, would you take it?”

“Yes, I would,” he said.

“Are you working with a caseworker to get housing?” I ask.

“Oh yeah, ” he says. “I’ve been on a waiting list for the past 2 1/2 years.”

Ulysses comes off so genuine, so humble. And then I notice a Bible laying at the foot off his seat.

Maybe guys like Willy and Ulysses are out there to teach us all something. The only question is, “Are we willing to be taught… and are we willing to share a bit of ourselves?”

Pray for them and the many more “out on the cold, hard streets” of Chicago.

Thanks Chris.

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About the Author:

Chris Ramsey has been a member of the Jesus People U.S.A. community in Chicago since 1975. Throughout those 40 years, Ramsey has been involved in evangelism, writing, interviewing, and serving the poor. He’s also a kind of “crazy” character who’s constantly asking himself, “Where do I fit in”? For the past 25 years, Chris has discovered that his role in serving the homeless and the poor at Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO), seems to fit him quite nicely. He is happily married to Sandy Ramsey, the executive director of CCO, and has two adult sons, Christopher and Jonathan.